Czech Roma in the News|
August 24th, 1998
Ladislav Balaz, a Romany who closely cooperated with the government's
special commission for minorities' issues has reportedly arrived in
Great Britain with his family and asked for asylum status. Balaz, who
is said to have an excellent mediator between Romanies and government
representatives said he had been receiving a great deal of hate mail
and no longer wished to put his family at risk.
Since the 17th of August, the Summer School for International
Dialogue and Understanding has been taking place in Prague. It is
the 6th year the School has been organized by the Helsinki Citizens
Assembly.The Helsinki Committee of the American Congress heavily
criticised the Czech Republic for its alleged
discrimination against its Gypsy or Roma minority.
Identity, Minorities and Conflict - that is the sub-title of this
year's Summer School which is taking place at Prague's club Lavka.
Nearly 80 young people, mainly students from 30 different countries
have accepted an invitation from the Helsinki Citizens Assembly to
Maegon Barlow, the coordinator of the project said, the idea was to
bring young students and NGO workers from all over Europe to spend
10 days together and learn from each other.
The participants do not only attend lectures. There is also an
interactive programme prepared where they work together and listen
to one another.
According to Barlow the real advantage of the school is that there
are not only participants from different countries, but also young
Roma students from former Yugoslavia, Greece and Balkan countries.
The programme, which lasts until August 27th, also includes trips
and film showings related to minority issues.